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The Garmin Fenix 2 Brings The Running Watch Into A Dystopian Future

IMG_3192 You’re in a desert, walking along in the sand, when all of a sudden you look down and see a tortoise. It’s crawling toward you… how do you train yourself to outrun it? I like to think you’d probably want a Fenix 2 from Garmin. I’ve used Garmin running watches since their first, bulbous balls of GPS electronics were launched in the early 2000s. Now, after… Read More
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John Biggs

August 19th

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UniPi Is A Powerful Board That Can Control Your Smart Home

20140722011747-Board_v_0.1 In the near future we will all live in smart homes. Our doors will open automatically, our air conditioners will know when we are too hot, and our toilets will understand our deepest needs. And the device to tie everything together? The Unipi. Created by a pair of Czech engineers, Adam Škorpík and Tomas Hora, the UniPi connects to a Raspberry Pi and includes eight relays for turning on and… Read More
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John Biggs

August 19th

Gadgets

Watch A Robotic Copter Land On A Moving Platform

Like Voltron, robots will soon need to coordinate landings and docking with absolutely precision in difficult conditions. That’s what a group of researchers have solved by allowing a robot and a movable landing platform to communicate in order to coordinate a perfect landing. As you can see, the quadcopter and a tank-like platform both converge on a pre-set location and both robots… Read More

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John Biggs

August 19th

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Booting A PDP-11

14765600178_a060ca014c_o As we move swiftly into an era of ubiquitous computing, Internets of Things, and mind-machine connections via wetware, it’s important to step back and take a look at where we’ve been. That’s why this How-To by Trammell Hudson is so cool. It shows how to boot a PDP-11 so you can play Adventure on a monochrome screen and reminds us that old computer were as finicky as Model… Read More

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John Biggs

August 18th

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The Bolstr Bag Is A Gadget Toter’s Best Friend

97194dceb56aa82c2520c60991180071_large We rarely talk about bags on TC these days (except during Bag Week) but here’s a crowdfunding project that I think would be perfect for all of us multi-phone, laptop-toting nerdotrons. Call the Bolstr, this U.S.-made bag is small enough to be unobtrusive and not fancy enough to rank as a true murse. Created by Cleveland native Jay Yoo, the thin back features pockets for all your… Read More

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John Biggs

August 15th

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Watch A Thousand Micro Robots Self-Assemble Into Wild Shapes

http___makeagif.com__media_8-14-2014_rxjCfp The madmen at Harvard have finally done it: they’ve simulated real life swarms with tiny robots, thereby bringing the coming robot apocalypse that much closer. Or maybe they just created some really cool proof-of-concept robotic self-assembly systems. Either way, what you’re seeing is a set of a thousand “kilobots” that can self-assembled into shapes and patterns. The… Read More

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John Biggs

August 14th

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AirEnergy Is An Upgradable Wind Turbine You Can Keep In A Backpack

1c0214aa6456fb52f01db9f3610cefe6_large-1 Have you ever wanted to become a self-sufficient hermit, living off the grid and generating all your own energy? Well you can stop drying out and burning your number-twos because here comes AirEnergy 3D. This Polish crowdfunding project is a compact, portable, and upgradable wind turbine that consists of blades and a base station. Created by the folks at Omni3D, a 3D printer manufacturer… Read More

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John Biggs

August 14th

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Pour Your Pellets Into The Sculptify David For Some 3D Printing

David Most home 3D printing systems use a few basic tools to build objects. First you have a build plate and an extruder. A motor pulls plastic filament through a heated nozzle and squeezes it out, slowly but surely creating layer after layer until you have a 3D-printed Pokemon knock-off. But specialized filament is comparatively expensive, and the raw resource from which it’s made, plastic… Read More

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John Biggs

August 13th

Gadgets

The Enactive Torch Is A Sensor That Helps The Blind “See”

scaled.140730CK LuisFavela_7 A new type of sensor could help the blind “see” objects in front of them. Called the Enactive Torch, the device sends out infrared signals which enable the user to sense nearby objects, thanks to a small buzzer attached to the wrist which alerts them if they’re about to crash into a door frame or wall. Think of it as a cane on steroids. Created by University of… Read More

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John Biggs

August 13th

Gadgets

The Das Keyboard 4 Is The Hacker’s Choice

scaled-3161 One of the defining images of the cyberpunk movement of the 1980s and 90s was William Gibson’s cyberspace decks. Although never explicitly described, they seemed to be something like a self-contained keyboard with electrode leads hanging off and a sometimes unmarked keyboard that hackers used to jack into the Matrix. I remember running around in my parents’ basement with my… Read More

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John Biggs

August 12th

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